Happy New Year! Hope you all had a good one and are champing at the bit to get going in 2018.

To kick-start your year and get you headed in the right direction, we’ve compiled a list of the top WordPress predictions for 2018.

Without further ado, here’s what we are likely to see in the world of WordPress this year:

1. Mobile-friendly focus

The importance of a mobile-friendly website cannot be underestimated. When Google – the world’s largest search engine – repeatedly talks about the importance of mobile friendliness, it’s time to start listening.

As a result, we can expect to see more mobile-oriented themes and plugins as the year unfolds. Websites that choose to use them could find themselves receiving a search engine ranking boost going forward.

2. More security

Security breaches and cyber-attacks continue to hit the headlines and it’s now no longer a case of if your website will be impacted, but when.

In 2018, websites that don’t have at least the most basic security measures in place could find themselves compromised.

3. Video headers

Video headers became popular last year and will only gain more attention in 2018. Websites that utilise video headers to display beautifully-crafted moving images will stand out from the crowd this year.

4. Drag & drop builders

WordPress has always made creating, running and updating great websites easy. However, the rise in popularity and availability of drag & drop builders has made customising WordPress sites even easier. As more people look to take advantage of the most popular CMS on the planet (WordPress) this year, drag & drop builders will proliferate.

5. More eCommerce

While eCommerce-focused WordPress plugins are nothing new, we can expect to see more of them become available this year. Such plugins allow even the smallest businesses to have an online store and expand their reach and sales potential significantly.